On Saturday, April 16, First State Community Action Agency and students from Sussex County communities are joining thousands across the country who are taking part in “Kick Butts Day.”
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a nationwide effort to stop youth tobacco use. As part of the celebration, First State Community Action Agency, in partnership with Georgetown Boys and Girls Club, is sponsoring its second annual Cigarette Butt Clean-up. The event will be held on the circle in Georgetown, from 10 a.m. until noon; following will be a celebration at the Sussex Boys and Girls club from 12:30 p.m. until 3 p.m.
Last March, the youth collected 9,641 cigarette butts from around the Circle for the “Kick Butts Day” event.
This event is part of the efforts of the Drug-Free Communities Partnership funded by ONDCP (Office of National Drug Control Policy) and OJJDP (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention).
The community cleanup is in collaboration between students, after school youth groups, public health advocates and volunteers. Cigarette butts will be collected approximately one block off each exit of the Circle. These young people in Sussex County are standing out and speaking up to fight against tobacco. Nationally, other youth will be participating in a variety of Kick Butts Day” events, such as surveying tobacco advertisings in their communities, urging local officials to support anti-tobacco ordinances, raiding the street with flyers, and tossing hats, jackets, and other items that carry tobacco brand items into giant dumpsters.
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States; killing more than 400,000 people each year including 53,000 by secondhand smoke. Every day, more than 4,000 kids try their first cigarette; another 2,000 become addicted smokers, one-third of which will die prematurely as a result. In Delaware, 24 percent of high school students and 45.2 percent of middle school students smoke cigarettes.
The campaign strives to build a healthier future for our children by reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. For more information about the “Kick Butts Day” event, please contact Sandi Sample at the First State Community Action Agency, 308 N. Railroad Avenue Georgetown, DE 1994, or call her at (302) 856-7761, ext 115.
For more information on the national initiative, visit the Kick Butts Day Web site at www.kickbuttsday.com.